DAW (Reaper) Multitrack setup

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    So I’m finally getting around to getting our SQ5 to work with Reaper. I want to be able to record our worship services multitrack into reaper. Then, later, I want to be able to send each track in reaper back to a channel on the board. We’ll use this for training techs during the week, which will let them practice with the actual music we use.

    I have SQ5>Reaper set up and working. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dt4ReWOJrWfCEwLlgVkJXmPr3Hvl7trF/view?usp=sharing.

    In reaper, I have the input and output routing set up: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tItFKw7yTULrMnH3yxiZG-meXMR5i8JR/view?usp=sharing

    I can record from the SQ5 in reaper successfully: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rSvY7cRBMojvEgfRsy2GCDuRNyXn-EaV/view?usp=sharing

    Where I’m struggling is getting the recording back out of reaper and mixing it on the board itself.

    Here is how I’ve routed it in I/O: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WrUGho1W17RMlqjcOl6vsQJMoSue7jVA/view?usp=sharing

    So, I was hoping that when I went to strip assign, I’d just assign USB to channel strips, which I want to do on layer C. However, I see no option for assigning USB to channel strips. I suspect that I need to use MIDI, but then my USB inputs seem wrong.

    Strip assign: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oGsQHW3u0a5d9mX3pVZdcZjaP94qfU-K/view?usp=sharing

    Any help in understanding how to do this is appreciated.


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    Søren Steinmetz

    The strip assign has nothing to do with your channels or I/O patching,
    they are only a “layout” for your worksurface.

    The patch input from the USB will put your USB inputs into channel 1, 3, 5, 7…

    To get the channels 33 and up to be returns from Reaper, you need to patch them in the Input USB
    Scroll down past the named channels to 33 and patch the USB 1, 2, 3 …. there.

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    Thanks for the reply. That makes sense conceptually… I’ll have to see if I can figure out how to do it when I’m there.

    Based on your reply though, it sounds like I could send them back to the channel strip that they were originally recorded on? Obviously this would be a problem if a reaper file was played while they channels were being used normally, but that’s not likely to happen. It would save strips and feel more like the real thing to the trainees. Am I thinking wrong on this?


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    Søren Steinmetz

    You could take a look at the Library option to have a set of “Live” patches and a set of “playback/rehersal” options.

    The biggest problem, as you use direct outs, are if you arm a track while in playback mode though 😉

    When you have the patch done for a live session (using the local or S-Link inputs)
    In the I/O tab on Inputs
    press the <Library> button and choose the User tab on the right side.
    then “Store as new” and give the patch setup a name (like Live)

    When that is done, press <Library> again to return to the patch page.

    Now change to the USB tab on top and make the USB patching just like before, making sure to get the same channels return from Reaper to the channels they are recorded from.
    Press the <Library> again, go to the User tab
    and store this patch as say USB

    Now you can just go to the I/O and in the Library load the Live or USB depending on what you need.

    Instead of using the direct out for recording, you could use the Tie Lines instead, that will give you the signal right after the Pre-Amp and no channel processing at all.

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    I have been doing the “live/record” patching as scenes. Is there any advantage if I use the I/O library function? I learn about new things on my SQ all the time. Thanks.


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    Thanks Soren…. I got it all sorted!

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